Dec 17, 2012 6:14pm EST
people are talking about tonight. newtown connecticut and the nation begin to mourn the victims of friday's horrific school shooting. jessica kartalija has more on how the school nurse survived. but first we begin with the latest on the mourning process. >> reporter: funerals were held today for noah pozner and jack pinto. >> we're going to do everything we can to find out how and why this tragedy occurred. >> reporter: the unspeakable tragedy has sparked a debate over gun control in a culture of violence in america. >> we've all got to be angry, this is not us and them. us against the nra or us against the entertainment industry, this is all of us. >> this has changed the dialogue and it should move beyond dialogue, we need action. >> reporter: a newly formed grass roots is calling for better gun control. it plans to send a delegation to washington on tuesday. >> we have the benefit and misfortune of being on the national stage right now. this is a real opportunity for us to make a statement. >> reporter: schools here will reopen tuesday but sandy hook elementary will be closed until fur
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
to school. when they do it will be at a school in the nearby town of monroe. in newtown, connecticut, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> and for the first time since the shooting the nra releases a statement. the group says its members are shocked, saddened and heartbroken. a news conference is scheduled for friday. >>> family members say the gunman, adam lanza, had battled mental health problems for most of his life. what can we do stop these mass killings? well, wjz has live complete coverage with adam may with more on calls to improve health care. >> reporter: experts say if we do not do more to improve access to mental health care, another school massacre is virtually guaranteed. it's been widely reported school shooter adam lanza suffered some kind of personality disorder. but it's still unclear if his family ever tried to get him help to prevent him from turning violent. >> do we want connecticut to happen again three times? four times? five times? ever again? never. >> reporter: linda kohler ask a mental health advocate in baltimore. her organization overwhelmed by requ
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm EST
ends are these mass shootings. the terrible shooting in the elementary school in connecticut just this month. aurora colorado earlier this year. how do you know whether that is something that is going to mark this year one way or another? >> well, one way to look at it is does it really lead to political change? other horrible catastrophes and school shootings really did not particularly. this one seems to have really struck people from the president on down in a way that we may in the next number of months see action on things like mental health public safety tv violence maybe and certainly gun control that might not have happened before. so presumably that was a turning point. >> woodruff: richard, to have mass shootings mass killings, be a mark of a turning point in american history? >> well, we have become almost inured to it, which is a horrible thing to even contemplate. and then what happened in newtown, well, it just took it to another whole level. you've seen reflected already in some early polling data. this is something that really seems to be where the ice is breaking.